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Alarming or exciting moments are known as “emotionally arousing” events, and they can enhance or hinder our ability to make memories.

Why we remember — or forget — details of alarming moments

December 16, 2015

When someone walks down the street and is startled by a car accident, what determines whether they clearly remember the details of what they were doing prior to the crash? Paradoxically, such alarming or exciting moments…

Even once they arrive on European soil, the journey is not over for these exhausted refugees.

USC Dornsife experts analyze Europe’s refugee crisis: Part 3

December 11, 2015

Record numbers of refugees continue to make their way from the Middle East — and particularly war-torn Syria — to Europe. As the situation escalates and winter approaches, USC Dornsife experts Laurie Brand, Robert…

Desperate to escape their war-torn country, Syrian refugees are prepared to risk their own lives and those of their children by crossing the Mediterranean Sea to what they hope will be safety and a better life in Europe.

USC Dornsife experts analyze Europe’s refugee crisis: Part 1

December 8, 2015

A five-minute taxi ride from the center of Calais, past the neat, white houses and manicured gardens of this northern French port city, lies a sprawling, makeshift refugee camp that media and politicians have dubbed the…

USC Dornsife Holiday Video 2015

The Art and Science of Stars

December 7, 2015

Share USC Dornsife’s holiday greetings with your family and friends on YouTube. View our holiday card online:  

#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday

December 1, 2015

Every day USC Dornsife students, faculty and alumni are leading change on the frontlines of cutting-edge research and discovery that will transform our world and how we live in it. The generosity of thousands of alumni,…

While most obesity researchers avoid gathering data on major “food” holidays, for psychologist Donna Spruijt-Metz Thanksgiving offers an invaluable opportunity to monitor familial interactions and how they influence eating.

Thanksgiving offers data frenzy for obesity researchers

November 24, 2015

It’s Thanksgiving. The turkey is carved, potatoes are adequately mashed, and a buffet of pumpkin, pecan and apple pies lines the counter ready to be sliced as soon as the dinner plates have been cleared. You think to…

Within Reach

Within Reach

November 16, 2015

When Zinahi Rodriguez turned 18, fresh out of high school, she took a retail job in downtown Los Angeles. She was excited. Her plan was to help support her parents, both garment workers, with whom she and a younger brother…

Addressing Perception

Addressing Perception

November 16, 2015

A couple on the tiny Hebridean island of Colonsay in Scotland were planning their wedding earlier this year when the bride’s mother sent her daughter a photograph of the dress she planned to wear. When the bride showed…

Morteza Dehghani and a team of psychology researchers and computer scientists at USC Dornsife have developed a new text analysis software program for social scientists.

A TACIT Understanding

November 3, 2015

According to a 2015 Global Web Index report, today’s average adult spends 6.15 hours a day online. More than a quarter of this time is spent on social networking sites. Life in the digital age means an abundance —…

During a focus group led by Harvard IOP’s Polling Director John Della Volpe, political science major Sarah Dhanaphatana weighs in on which major national issues 2016 presidential candidates should address. Photos by Tania Mercado.

Political Cheerleaders

October 21, 2015

USC Dornsife undergraduates Sarah Dhanaphatana and David Moreno have been spending a lot of time thinking about how to let their fellow students know that their voices matter. “Many students and individuals in our…